Hello Parish Family,
Just a quick check in this week! We hope you’ve been able to stay cool during these hot days of summer. This weekend is the last weekend of July…how did that happen? Have you been able to experience some fun summer activities despite the circumstances? If not yet, we pray that you’ll be able to find a way to have some “summer fun” soon. Maybe a picnic in the backyard, or a drive along the coast for a change of scenery. Even a short trip to get some cold, creamy ice cream can help to put a smile on your face!
Many of us have found it challenging to stay positive amid the daily news we’ve been receiving via our newspapers, televisions, and many other electronic devices. We all want to be up to date on the latest information and guidance on what we can do to keep ourselves and our family safe but too much information can be overwhelming and take a toll on our emotional well-being. Sometimes we just need to take a break and surround ourselves with uplifting media, people, activities, and thoughts. Check out the “Grow in Faith” page on our parish web site. It has several resources to inspire your spiritual life and enrich your relationship with our Lord. We continue to be a people of HOPE grounded in the faith that God is always with us!
“Come, Holy Spirit, ignite within me a flame of hope. When I am beset by despair and doubt, illuminate my path with promise and possibility. When grief casts me into a pit of desolation, warm me with solace and consolation. When my opinions and attitudes become shaded with cynicism and sarcasm, lighten my heart with your grace. Let hope eternally spring within me so I come to recognize that, through you, all will indeed be well. Amen.” – William H. Sadlier, Inc.
Updates and Reminders
UPDATE: St. Joseph the Worker Parish Livestream Masses: We began livestreaming both the Saturday, 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. Masses last weekend! Click here to access our livestream Mass resources, which will be updated each weekend.
UPDATE: Click here for last weekend’s (July 19, 2020) Gospel and Bishop Christian’s homily. This weekend’s Gospel and homily will be posted by 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. You may also listen to past homilies provided in a searchable archive.
Public weekend Masses: We continue to have two weekend Masses, Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The Sunday 8 a.m. Mass will be re-instituted in the near future. Please read Bishop Christian’s letter and review our guidelines prior to attending Mass to ensure your safety and the safety of others. You may also download printable guidelines. The dispensation of obligation for Sunday Mass is still in effect for anyone reluctant to attend, especially those for whom it is medically inadvisable.
Public daily Mass: Monday – Thursday at 8:00 a.m.
The church will continue to be open for private prayer: Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. to 5p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Sunday: 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Tuesday evenings: 6 - 7 p.m. or Wednesday mornings: 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon (in the main church). All are welcome! Please join us! Also, we are always looking for additional “committed Eucharistic adorers” for each hour of adoration. Interested in signing up for a specific hour or learning more? Please contact Pat Hurd at: 603-882-1503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday evening rosary: All are welcome! Please join us from 6:00-6:30 p.m. in the main church to recite the rosary. “The rosary is a devotion that through the Blessed Mother, leads us to Jesus.” – St. Pope Paul, VI
Your weekly offertory is important! We sincerely appreciate your contributions to the parish’s weekly offertory. Your faithful support continues to be essential in assisting us with our regular financial obligations. There are many ways you can donate to the parish. You may use our Online Giving option, the mail, drop off at the parish office, or place in our locked mailbox located outside and to the left of the main entrance doors. Thank you for being as generous as you can during this difficult time!
Parish Web site: www.stjoenash.org
Parish Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stjoenash
Diocese of Manchester Web site: www.catholicnh.org
Thank you for taking the time to stay up to date with our parish news. If you have any questions, special needs or prayer intentions, please contact us. You may email us at email@example.com or call the parish office at 603-883-0757 ext. 2.
God’s blessings and peace,
Bishop Christian and the Parish Staff
St. Joseph the Worker Parish
777 West Hollis St., Nashua NH 03062
603-883-0757, Ext. 2